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Old 09-14-2003, 09:43 PM
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Front Clip For A 55 Buick Special

HI I AM BUILDING A 55 BUICK AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF ANY ONE HAS ANY HOW TO INFO ON CAMARO CLIPS THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ANY HELP YOU CAN GIVE ME

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Old 09-16-2003, 05:17 AM
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front clips

If you click on the knowledge base and type in front clips you will find a site that has measurements on most,if not all front clips.
I have a Nova/Camero under my 53 Stude coupe ( I bought it already installed ) Im not real sure how much you would gain if you installed the clip vs. rebuilding your current front end and maybe, installing air bags. Heck of a lot less work, money, and stress. Thats just my thoughts ..
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also have 55 buick

What is the reason for changing the front subframe?
If it is brakes and stopping power I have designed a caliper braket to install disk brakes.
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I used an aftermarket disc setup for my 53 chevy. You might want to check some of these aftermarket sourses out or call chuk0823 for his patern??


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Old 01-04-2004, 08:18 PM
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ELMO, How about a spindle swap. Make it disc brakes
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Old 01-04-2004, 08:34 PM
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I have owned my 55 for 7 years I have bugged places like Fatman Fabs and CPP and master power brakes to see if they had anything for 55 buicks. No one does, trust me, I have spent several hours of my life (that I won't get back) on hold with these places and others like them. That is why I started out trying to make something work. As of this afternoon I have to take a break from this project. During the last Mock up I found that the Caliper was rubbing on the wheel. I now have to Re-do a bunch of work to get the holes in the right spot. I also found my mounting holes to be off a little. Not to mention that I haven't even attempted to make a backing plate to keep the dust away from the suspension. So I almost have it but every time I fix something I then have to fix six other problems. I will have something ready many years earlier than any of these companies. But a few days away from the "problem" will do me some good. So, everyone be patient I will post the diagram on this board with a list of parts and modifications to them. And believe me that it is very simple and the mail order parts are really inexpensive compared to aftermarket kits for other cars.
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I can help you. I have some questions. call me 980 521 0175 Lou
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I don't usually get in the habit of calling across the country. What are your thoughts on the project.
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I can convert it to disc brakes for you . I've done a bunch of them. Or you can do it if you have the tools. It just depends on how far you want to go with this. I'll tell you what you need to do the job. I can get the parts. This is what I do.
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Here's a link to the major conversation about the current swap project using the stock hub and spindle:

http://hotrodders.com/showthread.php...ght=1955+buick

All I currently have left to do is properly align the caliper so the wheel doesn't rub. What is the process that you do? Do you use the stock components or do you use aftermarket (expensive) weld on stuff?
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I use stock parts, I have screw in bungs that ball joints (moog) fit. I take a set of spindles most of the time early 80's camaro, firebird,Impala ream out the balljoint holes then they are good to go. Now I know that someone is going to say what if the car is rear steer that's not a problem because the spindle doesn't care what side it's on. Sometimes I have had to shorten the upper control arm a couple of inches, because of to much caster. all I know is it works and you get disc brakes and parts can be picked up from the local parts store.
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Ok, I am not quite following you. It's probably cause I have a cold. You've probably read what I've been trying. I like the fact that you can update to a ball joint but if you had a picture it would help. I would have to have a good reason to backslide on the current project cause the wife would kill me after I'd spent the money on what I already have and then change. How do you get the ball joints to mount to the a-arms in place of the uprights?
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Where'd Lou Go?

Hey where'd Lou go? I would really like to know more about your setup. Pictures Please!
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I have no clue how to post pictures on this site. I'll post them if someone could tell me how to do it (I'm a computer dummy)
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When you go into the post reply screen. You see where you do the typing, well the attatch file section there is a browse button. Click on that button and find the folder where you keep your pictures double click on the picture and then hit submit reply
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